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Damask with Lion of Saint Julian, Silver and Blue

Reference : 103-04-0033

Replica of Byzantine silk, 10th or 11th century.

More details

  • Colour : _ 170 - blue
  • Fiber Content : 100% silk
  • Pattern Repeat Size of pattern given in cm, measured along the weft (horizontally). : 35 cm
  • Period : 11th century
  • Weight mm (mommes) is a japanese weight unit used for silk fabrics. 1 mm = 4,33 g/m2. : ~ 30m/m / 130g/m2 (26-34m/m)
  • Width : 140 cm / 55 in
  • Availability: This product is no longer in stock

$ 88.36 / m ( $ 73.04 / m without VAT )

Quantity discount

  • more than 10 m (-5%)
  • more than 20 m (-10%)

This product is no longer in stock

The original of this silk fabric, once a brilliant Tyrian purple, was found in the sarcophagus of Saint Julian in Rimini. Legend has it that, at the time of Otto the Great, a tidal wave washed a wooden chest ashore near the Benedictine monastery of Saints Peter and Paul in Rimini. Bishop John had the chest opened and found that it held the remains the fourth-century martyr Saint Julian.

In 1910 the chest was submitted to a close scientific inspection. Two rare textiles were found, one of which was this purple cloth, which had been folded and placed under the skull of Saint Julian like a cushion. Byzantine silks often incorporated Sasanian iconography. Here a lion is shown in profile with its head turned to the observer. Below is the tree of life. The lion, a symbol often used by medieval nobility, was also a favorite among the emirs of ancient empires in the Near East.

A similar fabric was discovered in the sepulcher of Charlemagne, where it is said to have been placed by Emperor Otto III. A fragment of the cloth interred with Saint Julian is on display in the Museo Nazionale in Ravenna.

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